"Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like."
~ Lao Tzu
This past weekend was Easter for many in my area of the world, a Christian celebration, familiar to many, including myself. This post is not about Easter, but rather about the fact that this celebration provided me with a 4-day weekend.
A 4-day weekend meant that I did not have to take 10 hours a day (this includes preparation and travel time) out of my time available…which means that I could get a lot done! I started my weekend with wonderful intentions and a long list of the things I wanted to accomplish on this rare, long stretch of consecutive time.
The extended weekend has come to a close, and the items on my list have not only remained essentially untouched, but the list seems to have magically grown. It seems to have taken on a life of its own.
Last night, when I looked at my list of intended tasks for the weekend, I started to feel guilty about not working on them. I began to chastise myself for being “weak” and not forcing myself to do what I had told myself I would. But then, something told me to take a step back and look at things from a different perspective.
Instead of tackling the items on my list, the weekend presented me with opportunities to spend some quality time with family and friends. It allowed me some time for much needed relaxation and reflection. It allowed some time for exploration into new areas of interest. All in all, the weekend, although different than I had planned, was one of great rejuvenation and fulfilment.
Now I understand. We often try to take “control” of our lives by planning every little detail. We spend immeasurable energy in the process of planning, then preparing and doing. If we truly looked at how productive this is, I think most of us would be surprised at how little we really do…how small our accomplishments really are.
This weekend did more for me than I could have ever imagined…and almost none of it was planned ahead of time. I just let it flow, and the most amazing weekend unfolded before me, showing me how much more there is to life than “control.”
I intend to start letting life flow. I intend to let go of the reins a bit more often and just letting life take me where I will. Of course, I will still have my goals and ambitions. I will still have my dreams and desires, but I know that these will come my way, most likely much more easily, if I let them happen rather than trying to make them happen.
I encourage you to let go…even if just a little. Stop trying to control and force your life down a path that is most likely not the best path to get you to where you want to go. Start trusting in the Universe and the fact that your desires are out there, and they will happen if you just let it flow.
Can you let go? Will you let your life flow? Will you at least give it a chance? Leave us a comment and let us know how you feel about letting your life happen, rather than making it happen. We’re listening.